Can You Believe your Eyes

06 March 2017

Region: Yorkshire

 Does your camera lie?

A new Exhibition of 120 photographs by members of Ilkley Camera Club challenges viewers to spot true images and fakes. Part of the Exhibition is inspired by the Cottingley Fairies photographs taken by young cousins Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths in the 1920s. These fooled many people including Sherlock Holmes author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle who declared them clear and visible evidence of psychic phenomena.

It was not until the early 1980s that Elsie and Frances admitted that the photographs were faked, using cardboard cut outs of fairies copied from a popular children’s book. But Frances maintained that the fifth and final photograph was genuine. Nearly thirty of the images on show at the Exhibition follow the ‘Can You Believe Your Eyes?’ theme. Can you spot the fakes and how they were created?

The rest of the Exhibition has a great selection of more traditional photographs including landscapes, portraits, travel scenes, nature and architecture. The Exhibition runs from 30 April to 16 July at Cliffe Castle Museum near Keighley BD20 6LH. It is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am to 4pm and Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from 11am to 4pm. There will be free workshops on photography skills on selected Saturdays during the Exhibition.

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